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127 PICTURES: T&A Camera Club members get in on the action for photography competition

AMATEUR photographers in Bradford have been getting in on the action to enter the Telegraph & Argus Camera Club’s latest monthly prize competition.

The judges – Telegraph & Argus editor Nigel Burton and T&A photographer Mike Simmonds – had the difficult task of narrowing down hundreds of entries submitted via the club’s Facebook group on the August competition theme of ‘action’.

A selection of their favourite entries, including the winner and runners up can be seen in the gallery above.


Announcing the winner, Mike said: “Rais Hassan’s frozen Total Warrior mud jump shot is fantastic! It has detail upon detail. The more you look, the more you see.”

“With action photography, the phrase ‘peak of the action’ is often used. In the case of this picture, a moment earlier and there would be more girl and less splash. A moment later, too much splash and not enough face. This is the peak of that moment and thanks to the very fast shutter speed used by Rais, we can enjoy the detail of each and every droplet.”

Winner Rais Hassan, who is the president of Bradford Photographic Society, won £50 and a large canvas print of his winning picture.

Ian Bale’s action-packed shot of dancers at Leeds West Indian Carnival was a strong contender on the shortlist. Mike said: “The carnival is about movement, colour and faces, and this image captures all of them. It’s almost texture it’s so deep with detail.”

Of Alex Daniel’s shot of a trials bike rider, Mike said: “I loved the eyes in this image. The windows on the soul are so important – being able to not only see the mechanical action, but imagine the mental action combine to make a powerful image.”

Mike chose Deborah Clarke’s image of a girl on a swing because “it captures not just a simple action, but combines so many moments”.


Gemma Fox’s colourful image of a ball in a fountain also captured Mike’s imagination. “The chaos of the water spraying off this ball happens just for a moment, and Gemma’s image stops the water just enough to capture the movement,” said Mike.

Water was a popular theme among the hundreds of entries in the competition. Ian Bale’s second shortlisted entry – a canoeist grappling with rushing water – epitomised the theme of the competition.

Of Mark Bagshaw’s elegant image of a swan taking off, Mike said: “At some point the swan goes from a frantic paddling creature to a mighty, silent queen of the air, and Mark has captured that transition perfectly.”

Paul Mayes’ dramatic shot with its muted colour palette was a favourite with the judges. Mike said: “Carefully backlighting the dust and freezing the hair creates a beautiful image.”

On Shakeel Amini’s in-car shot, Mike said: “This image has two sides. The inside is a calm world bathed in gentle red and blue lights, outside is a sharp clean white intense light with movement and speed. I enjoyed the combination in this image by Shakeel Amini.”

The T&A Camera Club has more than 550 members in its Facebook group.

September’s competition theme is ‘Abstract’.



Horsham stabbing: Two men face murder charges

Mr WillamsImage copyright Sussex Police
Image caption Anthony Williams, 37. died at the scene of the stabbing on Tuesday

Two men have been charged with the murder of a man found stabbed to death at a property in West Sussex.

Anthony Williams, 37, was killed at a property in Park Way, Horsham, on Tuesday. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Sussex Police said.

Nicholas Bridge, 18, from Loughborough Park, Brixton, London, and Daniel Omofeghare, 20, of no fixed abode, have been charged with murder.

Mr Williams’ family have paid tribute to an “amazing father”.

They said: “He always put others before himself and wanted to change the world for the better.”

His memory, they added, would “always live on in his children”.

Mr Omofeghare and Mr Bridge will appear at Brighton Magistrates Court.

Further inquiries

Two other men, both from Horsham, aged 50 and 36, were arrested on Friday on suspicion of aiding, abetting or assisting the offence.

They have been released under investigation, police said.

A 22-year-old woman of no fixed address, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, has been released on bail until 17 October pending further inquiries.

A 30-year-old man from Broadbridge Heath, arrested on suspicion of murder, has been released with no further action.

Det Ch Insp Emma Heater said: “Our thoughts are with the family of Anthony Williams who have lost a son, brother and dad.”

Five years’ jail for robber who twice stabbed victim at retail park

A JUDGE has praised a father who contacted police after his son stabbed a man in the leg during a daylight robbery in Bradford city centre.

A judge heard yesterday how Marcus Hoyle knifed 38-year-old Timothy Goggs twice in his right leg as he grappled with Hoyle’s accomplice after his wallet had been snatched from him in the Forster Square Retail Park in Bradford.

Mr Goggs had to have the wounds to his leg stitched following the incident in July and yesterday 28-year-old Hoyle was jailed for five years.

Judge David Hatton QC was told by prosecutor Bashir Ahmed that the defendant’s father had done “the honourable thing” in reporting his son’s involvement to the police.

“Quite right. Well done him,” responded Judge Hatton, who noted that it must have been a very difficult thing to do.

The knife believed to have been used in the attack was later found by police at Hoyle’s home and last month he pleaded guilty to charges of robbery and possessing an offensive weapon.

Bradford Crown Court heard that Mr Goggs and a friend had been walking across the retail park at about 2.30pm on July 7 when Hoyle and the group he was with spotted the complainant’s wallet.

After confronting Mr Goggs Hoyle pulled the “dagger-like” knife from his sock and the complainant told him:”Don’t be stupid. You’ll go to jail for a long time.”

After a tussle between Mr Goggs and the accomplice, who was on a bicycle, the complainant’s wallet was taken and he gave chase.

Mr Ahmed said Mr Goggs managed to catch up with the accomplice, but as they grappled again Hoyle approached them with the knife and stabbed the complainant twice in the leg.

Mr Goggs suffered one-inch knife wounds to the right knee area and the right thigh in the attack.

The court heard that Hoyle, of Ribbleton Grove, Barkerend, Bradford, had never served a prison sentence before, but he had committed another robbery back in 2009.

Barrister Elyas Patel, for Hoyle, said his client was petrified of going to jail and he noted that while others had been involved in the incident the defendant was the only one in court “to face the music”.

Mr Patel submitted that the robbery was a “spur of the moment” offence committed after the wallet was spotted and said his client was truly sorry for using the knife in a dangerously reckless attempt to free his accomplice.

“It’s a miracle, and he knows it, that thankfully no serious or long-lasting injury was caused,” conceded Mr Patel.

“As for the defendant he is truly ashamed by his involvement and at the shame and upset he has caused to be visited upon his own family.

“He hopes his plea of guilty signals the beginning of the road to redemption for him.”

Judge Hatton told the father-of-one that the offence was a very serious robbery which was aggravated by Hoyle’s ultimate use of the knife.

“It is inevitably the case as you appreciate, and as you will have been advised, that an immediate sentence of imprisonment is essential to mark the gravity of this offending,” the judge added.

Bradford artist, Bay Backner, launches her exhibition featuring the famous faces of some of the world’s beautiful women

EXPLORING beauty through imagery is the focus for Bay Backner’s latest exhibition.

Based in Saltaire, Bay’s ‘How to be Beautiful’ features new paintings of the women who have changed the face of female beauty.

Bay’s artistic creations include Audrey Hepburn; Kate Moss and Frida Kahlo alongside the lesser-known but equally influential faces such as Louise Brooks, Hedy Lamarr and Bella Hadid.

Her style is influenced by Film Noir and the Golden Age of Hollywood and her work is already attracting significant attention after recently featuring in Grazia Magazine.

Bay, who studied at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, and Central Saint Martins, London, explains the development of ‘How to Be Beautiful’ from a conversation at her show during the Saltaire Arts Trail in May.

“I’d had a brilliant chat with Janine Sykes, course leader in MA Curation Practices at Leeds College of Art. We’d talked about the faces we see as beautiful, and this is being changed by digital media and globalised industry. So the idea came together of a show to explore female beauty and its iconic images,” says Bay, who works in oil paint on stretched canvas, then creates limited-edition prints in archival ink.

Her paintings are inspired by fine-art’s ‘old masters’ as well as today’s street artists and fashion photographers.

“I’m fascinated by the culture of beauty because it shapes how many of us see ourselves. Ideals of beauty are as tied to culture and fashion as much as our popular music styles or the colour of our wallpaper, yet many of us still believe them to be unchanging ‘universals.'”

Interestingly, Bay explains in the early 17th century blue veins on the face were seen as a sign of youth prompting women to paint them on!

“I find it very liberating to see beauty as a cultural fashion I can play with. So for the show, I painted the images of women I believe have changed the face of beauty today. Many of our current ideals started in the ‘Golden Age of Hollywood’, films from the 1930s to 1960s. In these films stage makeup had to be high-contrast to look good – first in black and white, then in the unnatural gloss of Technicolor. We look to the actresses in these films as ‘fashion icons’; Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, Marilyn in Some Like It, the many actresses of Film Noir.

“So, we take an ideal of beauty especially created for film and aspire to that in our daily lives. We see this happening again with the beauty constructed for digital photography – for ‘selfies’ and snapchat. High contrast with contouring, and specific poses to communicate ‘beauty’… many of which have been taken from the photography styles of early Hollywood,” explains Bay.

“Of course my paintings are a very personal selection of faces. They’re the women who have shaped my western ideal of beauty, and whose images hold in my mind as I look in the mirror every day. Interestingly, some are women unknown to me before I started research for the show – but I realised just how much their image changed how I, and many women today, see themselves. For example, Louise Brooks was the original 1920s ‘It Girl’. She made short hair and a boy-like figure desirable after three centuries of corseted curves and waist-length hair. We’d look very different without her!

Bay adds painting the world’s most beautiful women ‘was a joy’ but made her question what we see as ‘beauty’ and how that affects how we see ourselves.

“I hope my paintings will start some interesting conversations around beauty and self-image,” she says.


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Man jumps on Mercedes Benz bonnet to stop car thief

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Image caption The car’s owner tried to prevent the theft by jumping on the bonnet as the thief sped off

A man has described how he threw himself on to the bonnet of his car and clung on for almost a mile as a thief drove off in it at speed.

Matt Spooner’s car was taken when he was assaulted after giving a test drive to a potential buyer in High Wycombe.

When the “buyer” refused to get out, Mr Spooner, who works with film stunt teams, jumped on the bonnet and the thief sped off.

He managed to jump off later but suffered cuts and bruising to his face.

Police, who described the victim’s experience as “horrific”, are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage to come forward.

‘Not a hero’

Mr Spooner had met the potential buyer of his silver Mercedes Benz E250 CDI in Berkeley Road at about 18:00 BST on Wednesday, but after a short test drive, he was “assaulted from behind”.

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“Next thing I knew, he was in the car and I had myself a serious situation on my hands,” said Mr Spooner, who works as a production safety supervisor with film stunt teams.

“I ran round to the front and asked him politely to step out. I then ended up on the front of the vehicle and it began to move.

“I realised that this was it, so I got my feet off the ground and held on tight and that was it, we were away.”

The thief drove the car – and its owner – on to the A40 towards Beaconsfield before slowing down, at which point Mr Spooner decided “this was my moment, and I skidded off to the side of the kerb”.

While it was happening, he said he was fearful he would not survive.

Mr Spooner, who was selling the car to pay for a family holiday, said: “I’m definitely not a hero, and no-one else should do this.”

Although he helps film crews devise stunts, he added: “It’s a bad plan to do them yourself.”

Thames Valley Police said the suspect was an Asian man in his 20s, short, slim, with black hair.

Officers have asked anyone who has seen the stolen Mercedes or a discarded number plate ending in ONS to get in touch.

Student knocked man unconscious in ‘unjustified’ nightclub attack

A STUDENT who knocked a man unconscious by punching him in the face in a nightclub was today jailed for four months.

Bradford Crown Court heard that Connor Deans, 23, got involved in a “stand-off” with Tony Clarke in the Bijou Nightclub in Bingley on September 18 last year.

Mr Clarke suffered a fractured eye socket in the attack, which Deans, a prospective accountancy student, later admitted was “unjustified.” He had pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawfully and maliciously inflicted grievous bodily harm prior to yesterday’s hearing.

Deans, formerly of Raymond Street, West Bowling, Bradford appeared from custody having been jailed for 26 months in December for dangerous driving.

The Recorder of Bradford, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC, said Deans had delivered a “potentially very dangerous blow.”

Boy, 14, slashed in face at St Kentigern’s Academy in Blackburn

St Kentigern's Academy in BlackburnImage copyright Google

A 14-year-old boy is in hospital with a serious facial injury after being slashed in the face with a knife at a school in West Lothian.

The boy is being treated at St John’s Hospital in Livingston following the incident at St Kentigern’s Academy in Blackburn just before 09:00.

A teenage boy has been detained by police officers in connection with the incident.

Police Scotland said: “Inquiries into this incident are ongoing.”

A spokeswoman said: “Police in West Lothian were called to St Kentigern’s Academy in Blackburn around 08:55 on Friday 15 September after a 14-year-old boy sustained a serious facial injury.

“He has been taken to St John’s Hospital for treatment and a teenage boy is currently detained by officers in connection with this.”

Puppy gets head stuck in biscuit jar in Southampton

Buddy the puppyImage copyright Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
Image caption Buddy had a “doleful” look on his face when his rescuers arrived

A puppy bit off more than he could chew when he raided his owner’s biscuit jar and ended up with his head stuck inside it.

The pug-Chihuahua cross, called Buddy, was trying to lick crumbs out of the container when he became trapped at his home in Wavell Road, Southampton.

His owner smeared washing-up liquid around the pup’s neck but could not free him so had to call firefighters.

Rescuer Anton Phillips eased out Buddy’s ears before releasing his head.

Image copyright Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
Image caption Buddy’s owner smeared washing-up liquid around his neck but could not free him
Image copyright Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
Image caption Buddy was eventually released after a massage from animal rescue specialist Anton Phillips

The animal rescue specialist said: “This was an unusual job and it was strange being able to see the animal’s doleful expression through the glass.

“I was keen not to risk breaking the glass as this could have injured the animal.

“I pulled back the loose skin and positioned it so I could get one ear out then the other. There was a pop as I got its head free.

“I have dealt with a lot of animals over the years and I always say ‘if they can get it in, I can get it out’.”

Buddy was said to be fine after his ordeal on Monday afternoon.

Severn Bridge tolls to be reduced in January 2018

Alun Cairns
Image caption Alun Cairns says the cut and eventual abolition of tolls shows Wales is “open for business”

Tolls on the Severn Bridges will be cut in January for the first time, as VAT is removed from the fees.

Cars heading for Wales will be charged £5.60 instead of £6.70, with vans paying £11.20 – down from £13.40 – and coaches £16.70, currently £20.

UK ministers confirmed it was a step towards abolishing tolls altogether at the end of 2018, as revealed in July.

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns said tolls had been “an economic and symbolic barrier to Wales’ future prosperity”.

It will be the first time since the first Severn Bridge opened in 1966 that the toll has been cut.

The reduction takes effect on 8 January, the date the two crossings return to public ownership.

Motorists will also not face the usual inflation-related increase on New Year’s Day.

Mr Cairns will give the news to business leaders at a meeting of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Wales regional council in Newport on Friday.

“For so many years, the tolls on both Severn Crossings have been seen as an economic and symbolic barrier to Wales’ future prosperity,” he said.

“Our decision to reduce the tolls – before abolishing them altogether – will cut costs for businesses, for commuters and tourists alike – helping boost jobs and trade in Wales and across the South-West [of England].

“This is yet another strong indicator that Wales is open for business and of the UK Government’s commitment to making the right decisions for Wales’ future as part of a strong United Kingdom.”

The UK government said estimates showed abolition of the tolls could boost the south Wales economy by £100m a year and save regular motorists more than £1,400 a year.

Eddie Redmayne stalker given four-month suspended sentence

Eddie RedmayneImage copyright VALERIE MACON
Image caption A statement was read to the court from Eddie Redmayne, who described the distress caused to him and his family

A woman has been handed a four-month suspended jail sentence after admitting stalking actor Eddie Redmayne.

Gaby Stieger, 49, repeatedly loitered outside the Oscar winner’s house in Southwark, south London, and sent him love letters over five years.

She was also ordered not to have any contact with, or come within 200 metres of Mr Redmayne or his immediate family.

The interpreter pleaded guilty to stalking at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Stieger’s prison sentence was suspended for two years.

The mother-of-three from Colindale, north London, believed they had been married in a former life and her face would “contort with rage” when she spoke about his wife, Hannah Bagshawe.

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Image caption Gaby Stieger sent Eddie Redmayne love letters over and loitered outside his house

Magistrate Novello Noades, chairwoman of the bench, said: “This is a very serious offence – which took place over a period of five years.

“There was significant planning involved, you moved from Germany to London to be near the victim.

“You obtained work in the film industry and near the victim’s home in order to be in proximity to him.”

She added: “He told you he was distressed but you ignored him.”

On Wednesday, Mr Redmayne described the distress it caused him and his family in a statement read to the court.

He said: “I always try to be open and friendly as support (from fans) is what gives me a career.

“I deeply regret having met Gaby Stieger – she harassed myself and my family intermittently over five years, leaving us distressed, unsafe and deeply unsettled.”